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Md. man awaiting sentencing for serial groping allegedly gropes woman at Columbia Target

Jeremy Ng, of Ellicott City, Md., is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on a $175,000 bond. (Photo: Howard County Police Department)
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COLUMBIA, Md. (WJLA) – An Ellicott City man is being held on a $175,000 bond after he allegedly groped a woman at a Columbia Target store while he was awaiting sentencing for a series of other groping incidents.

Police say the victim was shopping at the Target at 6111 Dobbin Road in Columbia on Thursday, July 17. She claimed an unknown male had been following her around the store and that, at one point, the suspect walked behind her and grabbed her buttocks. The victim also said she saw the suspect standing near her vehicle as she exited the store, and that he followed her in his white Dodge Ram truck as she was leaving the parking lot.

An investigation identified the suspect as Jeremy Kaho Ng, of 10029 Whitworth Way in Ellicott City. It was later determined that the white truck is registered in his name. Ng turned himself in on July 19 and was charged with second-degree assault, stalking and fourth-degree sex offense in connection with the July 17 incident.

Just two days earlier, on July 15, the 27-year-old had been convicted in Howard County District Court on three counts of fourth-degree sex offense in connection with three groping incidents that took place in 2013. Ng was released on bond, awaiting sentencing on Friday, Aug. 8.

Last year, Ng pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching women in parking lots at Best Buy, the Mall in Columbia and a Columbia apartment complex. Howard County Police urge anyone who may have been the victim of similar incidents since January 2014 to call 410-313-STOP.

Ng is currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

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